Parenting is a focal point of discussion today largely because of the influence of technology, the environment, and emerging lifestyles on parents and Alpha children.
This is best illustrated by the ubiquitous electronic gadgets that now litter our homes, our living spaces are shrinking and cramped, we interact with all kinds of cultures, just as we are getting busier by the day.
A combination of the above means that we have less time for children and their well-being.
To cover up for our absence, we have entrusted them with countless digital devices to ensure they are busy all day. We also lock them indoors in fear of the outdoors!
It should not surprise us, therefore, that we now raise a generation of kids so much attached to technology, and detached from themselves, us, and the true basics of life we have known for centuries.
Or maybe not.
Depending on individual preferences, technology comes with good and bad consequences. Yes, it is designed to make our lives better because it facilitates faster communication, entertains us, and eases productivity.
On the flip side, it also ships with challenges that may hamper smooth childhood development.
Technology is not the only parenting challenge we have to deal with today:
Out of the many, we have learned to favor a protective approach to parenting where we keep a close eye on what children do, where they are, who they play with. While at it, we try to observe an extreme sense of hygiene.
Also called paranoid parenting this approach to raising children has its boon and bane and continues to stir debates.
Whenever parenting challenges mentioned above step in the way, we normally sit back and reflect on our abilities to raise 21st-century kids amidst the madness of technology.
Elsewhere, we also wonder if parenting is a ‘learned skill‘ like most of us have come to think! Or maybe, all we need is to nurture a rich relationship with our children.
That is what parentingalpha.com is here to discuss … with you of course. After all, parenting is a lifelong journey and a mashup of experiences that we learn and share with each other.